Leadership in Times of Crisis
CIOs don’t typically get leadership training from the cockpit of a fighter jet, but these are not normal times. Those that find opportunities to positively impact their community while staring down a pandemic, a faltering economy, and a rising tide of social unrest will distinguish themselves. With no manual to guide them and no time to prepare, these leaders need to see the bigger picture, adapt to the situation, and take calculated risks to address the rapidly changing needs of customers and employees. Months spent at sea in close quarters onboard an aircraft carrier, flying fighter jets while rapidly analyzing and acting on large amounts of data, and the need to handle rapidly changing circumstances all seem more real in today’s uncertain environment. In this session, we’ll find out what CIOs can learn from elite U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Instructors.
Guy Snodgrass is an author and strategist exploring the intersection of technology, innovation, and national security. As Chief Executive Officer for Defense Analytics, he oversees a team responsible for guiding corporate strategic development, communications, and advocacy.
Mr. Snodgrass has 25-plus years of experience as a strategist and senior leader in the U.S. Department of Defense, having served as the Pentagon’s Director of Communications and chief speechwriter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. He is most recently the author of TOPGUN’s TOP 10: Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit, which explores leadership tenets through the lens of the high-performance fighter pilot community. He also hosts Holding the Line, a popular national security and foreign policy podcast. He has appeared as an expert national security and technology commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, and others, and is a contributor to Forbes.